UM Dining Employees Win NACUFS President’s Award

September 29, 2015

MISSOULA – Ray Merseal and Gail Peters of University of Montana Dining were named the recipients of the National Association of Colleges and Universities Food Service Continental Region President’s Award on Sept. 22 for their outstanding performance as conference chairs of the 2015 NACUFS Continental Regional Conference held at UM in April.

As hospitality committee chair, Merseal organized all transportation, hotel arrangements and logistics for 200 conference attendees. Peters served as chair of the showcase and sponsorship committees.

“Gail generated significant revenue for the Continental Region by reaching out to food and equipment vendors and securing sponsorships for events and showcase displays,” said Byron Drake, NACUFS Continental Region president and regional conference chair. “She was recognized nationally as setting the bar high for an excellent showcase from our industry partners.  Ray also was recognized by industry colleagues for setting the standard of performance very high for conference hospitality.”

Merseal and Peters both manage popular UM Dining venues: Merseal manages the Food Court and Peters manages the Corner Store.


Contact: Sam Belanger, UM Dining director of marketing, 406-243-5089,